Saving Cultural Heritage: Music

Thursday 15 October 2020


The Talk

Music is an integral part of our social environment, but its form, meaning and context has changed greatly over time. The intangible nature of music and its associated traditions makes it fragile and under threat. Once something of this nature is lost from the living tradition, it is hard to regain its original authenticity. This talk will look at the survival of music as a form of intangible cultural heritage. It will use first hand evidence gained from research in Sweden and how elements of their music has almost been lost, and how it has been saved. This will then enable a reflection on our own musical traditions and the importance of maintaining them as part of our heritage and cultural development.

The Speaker

Jez Smith is an Interpreter at the Weald & Downland Museum and a period musician.

Participant information

Talks start at 6.30pm and last for about one to one and a half hours.  Tea, coffee and cake will be available between 6pm and 6.30pm.  If you have any dietary requirements please let us know in advance.

Please note that three different locations may be used for the evening talks, so please follow signs on arrival.  We have accessible locations for the talks; please let us know on booking if level access is useful.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person; £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum volunteers. Online booking via   Book five places and get the sixth place free.

You may be asked for proof of status before being admitted so please bring your Membership card or Volunteer’s badge with you.


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